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John Singer Sargent: Portraits in Charcoal Hardcover – Illustrated, 7 October 2019
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Richard Ormond is an outstanding Sargent scholar, as well as well as being the the artist's grand-nephew. He was previously director of the National Maritime Museum. He has worked on numerous publications, including, with Elaine Kilmurray, the nine volume Sargent catalogue raisonné, and has co-curated exhibitions on Sargent's work in London, Washington D.C., Boston, Ferrara and Los Angeles.
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Must have book for Sargent fansReviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 October 2019
A must have book for Sargent fans, nice photos too. Shame it was not bigger, as his drawings tell us a lot about how he thought about light, and how he captured the character of his sitters.
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Essential addition for Sargent fansReviewed in the United Kingdom on 26 August 2021
I bought the catalogue raisonne and this is a worthy addition. The book is beautifully produced - highly recommended
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A feast for the eyeReviewed in the United Kingdom on 10 August 2020
For lovers of charcoal portraiture, and portraits in general.Reviewed in the United Kingdom on 8 June 2021
Another aspect of expression from a great artist
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Sargent was extraordinary: most of his sitters convey a certain emotion that you cannot verbalize, but you recognize it, you've seen it before, you know how they feel. But there is more to it than the momentary emotion: some of these sitters carry the whole story of there life engraved on their faces. Only an extra talent is capable of portraying in such manner. You feel like you actually know these people, even if you've never met them, and that is a sign of the artist's true greatness. Though mainly famous for his paintings, only towards the end of his life did Sargent turn out to be an outstanding draftsman as well. The book itself is excellent, put together with great care, just what a perfect book should look like: the presentation, the size of pictures, the size and quality of pages, the accompanying text for each individual (how attentive is that), the perfect cover, everything is as it should be. Could be a benchmark for how to properly publish an art book.